New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

December 7, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

All eyes on Tommy Gunz. Part two

December 6, 2018
Holloway, Warren, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2018.
"After fleeing Philly, on the run from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies after murdering an undercover agent, Tom "Tommy Guns" Anderson makes his new life in Atlanta. He is living the good life, too, until he has to return to Philly to get his cash and his stash, so he can build his new empire and relocate his family to his new hood. Once back in Pennsylvania, he finds that this plan might be easier said than done, because not only are the Feds hot on his trail, but also he is double-crossed by his former ally, Rico, who helped him break out of police custody in the first place. The war is on in Philly, but are Tommy Guns and his new crew from Atlanta strong enough to come out on top and make it back to Atlanta safely, or will the street life finally do him in? One thing is for certain, they will fight to the death, because prison isn't an option"--Back cover.

All eyes on Tommy Gunz

December 6, 2018
Holloway, Warren, author.
206 pages ; 22 cm
"These days, it seems everyone wants Tom "Tommy Guns" Anderson dead. The hard-nosed Keystone state drug dealers actions--have put him directly in the crosshairs of federal law enforcement, rival dealer's, and one of the world's most infamous terrorist organizations... Al Qaeda! However despite their best efforts neither enemy has been able to apprehend or kill the gangster, whose proven to be extremely resourceful (and a little bit lucky)...up to this point. But peering over his shoulder at the constant threat of death, while also trying to 'checkmate' their various methods of surveillance, has become exceedingly laborious for Tommy Guns. With his adversaries remaining relentless in their pursuit, and a quickly waning network of allies, Tommy Guns begins to plot perhaps his greatest escape to date"--Back cover.

Pleasured by you

December 5, 2018
Wright, Elle, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
viii, 309 pages ; 17 cm.
Forced to return home to Wellspring, Michigan, a place he had cut all ties to, Bryson Wells comes face-to-face with the only woman he has ever loved and tries to convince her that his feelings for her are stronger than ever.

Torn by the code

December 5, 2018
Eureka, author.
298 pages ; 21 cm
Authentic and gripping, Eureka debuts with a poignant novel about one woman's climb to success and those ready to pull her right back down. "Elana Dolvan lived through a treacherous childhood in Chicago, and wants to be more than another 'hood life' statistic, so she sets her sights on the top. Elana works her way up the steep ladder of white collar success, achieving one of the most impressive careers in her family's history. She becomes a powerful attorney, but the lure of the streets is still strong. She is also known in the underworld as Dutchtress, one of the most ruthless female bosses in the U.S. Trapped between the two worlds, her double identity soon creates problems, and all hell breaks loose. The unpredicted fallout leaves nothing but murder and mayhem in its path. Dutchtress refuses to allow her enemies to take another breath of fresh air after they take her most precious possession. She will stop at nothing to get back what's hers. With her right-hand man, Flex, by her side, they perform a bloody symphony, reaching all the way from the Windy City to Jamaica. Family or not; no one's spilled blood is off limits."--Back cover.

The black market

December 5, 2018
Swinson, Kiki, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
314 pages ; 22 cm
Includes an excerpt from Collusion by De'nesha Diamond.
Misty Heiress steals drugs from a pharmacy, just trying to help her cousin in constant pain, but the plan snowballs into dealing opioids and Misty and her cousin Jillian are in real trouble.

In these streets

December 5, 2018
Ellis, Shelly.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
viii, 308 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"Derrick. Ricky. Jamal. One's responsible; one's still a player; one's upwardly-mobile. Sentenced to the Branch Avenue Boys' Youth Institute at twelve, they grabbed the chance for better futures. They stayed tight even when their lives diverged--but the times...they are a-changing. New deputy mayor Jamal is anti-corruption, which means severing ties with Ricky, now a "criminally-adjacent" businessman. But political power plays and unrequited love will lead Jamal to a lethal choice. Ricky doesn't mind running a front for DC's biggest drug dealer, but when he pursues a sexy customer at his strip club and discovers she's a cop, any wrong move could end Ricky's good times permanently. Now the Institute's new leader, Derrick is torn between his job and his fiancée, Melissa. But when a cute new instructor who supports him and his mission arrives, he wonders if he should leave Melissa behind, not the Institute. However, this dilemma is nothing compared to a problem brewing right under his nose, and the fallout will strike at the heart of the three friends' bond--and put more than their survival on the line." -- page [4] of cover.

To the death

December 3, 2018
Swinson, Kiki, author.
Virginia Beach, VA : K.S. Publications, [2018]
208 pages ; 22 cm
"In Naomi's world, another soldier has fallen. That soldier was her brother Reggie. He was shot in the back while trying to flee from US Marshals. Witnessing her brother's murder, Naomi and her family must move on and leave Reggie to bleed out in the streets, as the men that slaughtered him in broad daylight look on. With little options and resources, everyone will have to go into hiding so that they can regroup. Fortunately for them, an unlikely source comes to their rescue. Unbeknownst to them, that same source will make them pay dearly in return. So, when things start falling apart, Naomi and her man Damian will have to make some sacrifices. Who will she sacrifice?" -- Page [4] of cover.

Love hates violence : the twisted truth

November 23, 2018
Maris, De'Wayne, author.
Laveen AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2018.
190, 8 pages ; 22 cm
Upon his release from prison, master thief Heath agrees to help Iron'RE track down an ex-associate. During their search, Heath becomes smitten with the owner of a nightclub.

The general's cook : a novel

November 20, 2018
Ganeshram, Ramin, author.
323 pages ; 24 cm
Philadelphia 1793. Hercules, President George Washington's chef, is a fixture on the Philadelphia scene. He is famous for both his culinary prowess and for ruling his kitchen like a commanding general. He has his run of the city and earns twice the salary of an average American workingman. He wears beautiful clothes and attends the theater. But while valued by the Washingtons for his prowess in the kitchen and rewarded far over and above even white servants, Hercules is enslaved in a city where most black Americans are free. Even while he masterfully manages his kitchen and the lives of those in and around it, Hercules harbors secrets-- including the fact that he is learning to read and that he is involved in a dangerous affair with Thelma, a mixed-race woman, who, passing as white, works as a companion to the daughter of one of Philadelphia's most prestigious families. Eventually Hercules' carefully crafted intrigues fall apart and he finds himself trapped by his circumstance and the will of George Washington. Based on actual historical events and people, The General's Cook , will thrill fans of The Hamilton Affair, as they follow Hercules' precarious and terrifying bid for freedom.

Target Alex Cross

November 15, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
414 pages ; 24 cm.
A leader has fallen, and the procession route from Capitol Hill to the White House is lined with hundreds of thousands of mourners. None feel the loss of a President more keenly than Alex Cross, who has devoted his life to the public good. A sniper's bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC. Alex Cross's wife, Bree Stone, newly elevated chief of DC detectives, faces an ultimatum: solve the case, or lose the position for which she's worked her entire career. The Secret Service and the FBI deploy as well in the race to find the shooter. Alex is tasked by the new President to take a personal role with the FBI, leading an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope. Alex has a horrible premonition: is the sniper's strike only the beginning of a larger attack on the nation?

Carl Weber's kingpins : The Bronx

November 15, 2018
Weber, Marcus, author.
234 pages ; 21 cm.
Antonio, born of an affair between a beautiful actress and a notorious crime boss, lost his mother to drugs and was forced to navigate foster care and survive on the streets of the Bronx. He is ignored by his father, the infamous head of a powerful crime syndicate, and his half-brothers are living the life Antonio used to dream about. Antonio has turned his struggles into a career in the NBA, but when a devastating injury sidelines his basketball career and he finds out he has been duped out of millions by his best friend, Antonio is forced to turn to the father who never claimed him. Paige came from money. Private schools, trips around the world, and extravagant shopping sprees were all part of her upbringing. Her father is a well-respected politician who is not happy when his daughter falls in love with a man who represents everything the senator despises. But Paige's father harbors many secrets of his own, including one that will soon rock his family to the core. In spite of their own marital issues, Paige's parents try to exert pressure on her to leave Antonio. She lets love guide her, and despite her parents' threats to disinherit her, she marries Antonio anyway. When secrets, lies, and ties to a dangerous criminal underworld cause their opposing worlds to collide, the young couple is torn between their love for one another and their competing family loyalties. Family secrets, power, money, fame, and love are the ties that bind in this emotionally charged street tale.

My mama's drama

November 15, 2018
Hunt, La Jill, author.
300 pages ; 21 cm
The love/hate relationship between Diane and Kendra Williams takes mother-daughter drama to entirely different level. Diane is a single mother who prides herself on being a master manipulator. She has no problem using anything or anyone to get what she wants. Whether it's treating her sister, Celia, as her personal ATM or seducing unlikely, unsuspecting men, she will do whatever it takes to get ahead. Her daughter, Kendra, is a hardworking student who does a better job parenting her younger twin sisters than their mom does. She is determined to be nothing like her mother, and instead, strives to follow in her Aunt Celia's footsteps to get the car, house, and career of her dreams. After meeting Bilal, a handsome, streetwise entrepreneur, she may just land the man of her dreams as well. When tragedy strikes one of the twins, instead of being there for her family, Diane sees it as one more opportunity to exploit for her own personal gain. And when a secret that both Diane and Kendra have been keeping comes out, the entire family is ripped apart. Will Kendra be able to hold on to everything that means the world to her, or will her mama's drama snatch it all away?

Never gonna be wifey : renaissance collection

November 15, 2018
Williams, Racquel, 1978- author.
310 pages ; 18 cm
"Renaissance collection"--Cover.
Sierra Rogers has once again beaten the odds and survived after being shot. The pain of her recovery is nothing compared to losing the love of her life. Having had enough heartache, she decides to move to Atlanta, where she soon realizes that trouble has a way of showing up on her doorstep. Armed with anger and murder on her mind, she becomes as treacherous as the streets that raised her, and the hunted becomes the hunter. Shayna Jackson is out for blood and vows to stop at nothing until her rival is dead. Consumed with hate and jealousy, she decides to go after the woman who wreaked havoc on her life. Azir Jackson is young, rich, and poisonous. Having to live without his father, he turned to the streets for guidance. Years later, he's all grown up and has one thing on his mind: murder. Someone must pay for his father's death. Murder, sex, and revenge are on the minds of this trio. Who will make it out alive in this explosive finale to the Wifey series?

Triple threat

November 15, 2018
King, Camryn, author.
300 pages ; 21 cm
A tenacious reporter. A billionaire philanthropist. And all-access secrets that won't leave anyone safe fuel Camryn King's relentless new thriller... Mallory Knight knows all too well how perfect lives can be illusions. Her best friend, Leigh, seemed to have it all. But then she's found dead. Suicide, or so they say. Mallory isn't convinced, and decides to put her investigative journalist skills to use in a whole new way. To the rest of the world, superstar athlete Christian Graham seems perfect -- he is kind, honorable, and easy on the eyes. But after discovering his name in Leigh's journal, Mallory wonders if there are secrets behind his megawatt smile. If every generous public gesture is a lie. Challenging the popular superstar puts Mallory's career and reputation on the line. But she won't back down in her pursuit of the truth -- even if the cost is her job... or her life.

Flesh & blood : a novel

November 14, 2018
Hobbs, Allison, author.
314 pages ; 21 cm
"Ten years ago when Malik Copeland was a hopeless addict, he signed away the parental rights to his son, Phoenix. It cut him to the core when his ex-wife allowed her new husband to adopt Phoenix and give him his last name. After getting clean and sober and moving across the country, Malik meets Sasha, a professional and business owner who is the single parent of a young child, Zoe. Together, they build a life together and Malik adopts Zoe. He is a caring stepfather and doting husband, and life couldn't be better. Out of the blue, Malik receives a call from the mother of his now thirteen-year-old son, telling him that the boy wants to get to know him. Malik and Phoenix establish a long-distance relationship, and after a visit during spring break, Phoenix decides that he wants to stay with his father--permanently. Phoenix moves in and the Copelands are one big happy family. Malik's life feels complete as he and his son continue to bond. Handsome, intelligent, and well-mannered, Phoenix is a joy to be around, and Sasha and Zoe adore him. Over time, however, Phoenix begins to exhibit antisocial behavior, and Malik fears that his son's congenial persona is merely a façade. And when a young child goes missing, evidence points to Phoenix and Malik has to ask himself how far he'll go to protect his own flesh and blood"

As good as the first time

November 13, 2018
Jackson, K. M., author.
328 pages ; 18 cm.
"First in a new series!"--cover.
With her big city career and relationship in sudden free fall, Olivia Gale isn't sure where she belongs. So when her help is needed at Goode N' Sweet, the family bakery in Sugar Lake, she jumps at the chance to indulge her pie-making hobby while getting her life back on track. Olivia's not looking for any distractions. Even if the boy who once left her without a word is now a grown man with intriguing secrets--and the same tempting hold on her heart. A firefighter and single dad, Clayton Morris is trying hard to fix his past mistakes. He thought he was doing the right thing by leaving Olivia--and now he's sure he has nothing to offer the accomplished woman she's become.

The system has failed

November 7, 2018
Moore, Michel, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018].
282 pages ; 21 cm
"Terrell wasn't raised in the corrupt streets of Detroit. After being abused and left for dead by his violent, psychotic father, he was raised by his aunt in uncle in a loving home in the suburbs. However, he never lost touch with his mother, whose selfish scheming sparked the fire that led to that fateful night when Terrell became disabled. Now that he's an adult, his tainted bloodline has other plans for the wheelchair-bound teenager. Throwing away his silver spoon, Li'l T easily favors an oversized .40-cal he keeps tucked on his lap. With Simone, his wicked-minded mother, co-signing his every criminal move, Terrell hopes he can rise up to be half the man he believes his deceased father was, even though Kamal was the one to put him in the iron-wheeled casket. A product of the system, Terrell is haunted by his past, but he's determined not to let anything stop his shine"-- Provided by publisher.

Virtuous deception

November 7, 2018
Wrytes, Leiann B., author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
340 pages ; 21 cm
Only one thing stands between Frank Mason and his $20-million inheritance, a child. When he finds Lisa, he doesn't waste any time marrying her, but their fairytale romance is not built to last. Lisa's infidelity doesn't go unnoticed, but Frank has his reasons for maintaining his silence, until he uncovers some new information about his Stepford wife that lands him in jail. Only then does their picture-perfect life start to unravel, dragging every last skeleton out of his closet."--Back cover.

Training school for Negro girls

October 24, 2018
Acker, Camille, 1978- author.
New York : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2018.
219 pages ; 20 cm
"Acker navigates her characters' lives with humor, heart, and grace. I loved these stories." --Lisa Ko This debut collection is a complicated love letter to Washington, DC, and to those who call it home: a TSA agent who's never flown, a girl braving new worlds to play piano, and a teacher caught up in a mayoral race. These characters navigate life's "training school"--with lessons on gentrification and respectability- and fight to create their own sense of space and self. Camille Acker's writing has appeared in Hazlitt and VICE, among others. Raised in Washington, DC, she currently lives in Chicago.

Eraserheads : a Hood Misfits novel

October 24, 2018
Brick (Novelist)
282 pages ; 21 cm
"What do you do when your work is used against you? This is a question that Auto, leader of the Eraserheads, faces when an unforeseen and dangerous situation wreaks havoc on everything he's built. It's up to him and his right-hand, Code, along with their team of expert car thieves, to figure out who's behind the attacks on their livelihiid. When a crafty con woman named Smiley and a mysterious businessman named Boots step onto the scene, every player becomes a pawn in a war that is taking over the trap.

Mistress for hire

October 24, 2018
Bryant, Niobia.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
279 pages ; 21 cm
"Dafina Books."
"She cheated with one of her best friends' husbands--and turned scathing publicity into cash-money celebrity. But Jessa Bell has reformed. She's trying to make amends to those she did wrong, and she's started a successful business catching rich unfaithful spouses. Her agents are beautiful lost girls who get a shot at the good life. And when Jessa's sizzling affair with private detective Hammer turns into love and marriage, she's sure she's finally doing things right... Until she catches Hammer sleeping with one of her agents just months after their wedding. His betrayal, plus the return of someone from her past who is being used by her deadliest enemy, makes Jessa go back to her old ways with a vengeance. Now Jessa's leaving no secret buried as she pursues every forbidden passion--and shatters the lives of those who cross her. But it's the enemies Jessa doesn't see coming who have her dead in their sights. And she'll need to up her game past the limit to face a devastating truth--and survive." -- back cover.

Street rap

October 24, 2018
Sinclair, Shaun.
261 pages ; 21 cm
"Dafina Books."
"For Reece and Qwess, being rap superstars was the dream, but in real life nothing moved without money. So they formed the Crescent Crew, an outfit of young, ruthless hustlers that locked the Southern drug trade in a stranglehold. They're at the height of their power when Qwess is offered a record deal from a major label. He accepts and makes plans for his whole crew to go legit, but Reece enjoys his position as king of the streets and has no desire to relinquish his crown. As a rift in the crew grows, Qwess is busy gliding up the charts and Reece expands Crescent Crew's powerful reach into new territory. Then tragedy strikes close to home and Qwess is pulled back into the streets he desperately fought to escape. Will he fall victim to the trap, or will he become a superstar of rap?" -- Back cover.


October 23, 2018
Margo (Urban fiction author)
234 pages ; 21 cm
"Tineya has experienced a lot of trauma in her young life. Losing both parents has left a broken, weak soul. As if that's not enough she's left with physical wounds that no woman should have to deal with. More than just bad memories. Tineya's wound runs deeper. What would you do if everybody could see the remnants of one unforgettable night that changed your life. Follow Tineya as she hunts for acceptance from others, but most of all from herself. Some people are rooting for her to succeed, while a few selfishly want her to stay in a sunken place. On her journey she'll meet Aaliyah, struggling to recover from a debilitating accident, and Dior, who wonders if she's worthy of love despite her checkered past. The three become fast and fiercely loyal friends, ready to lift each other up through tough times. But when Tineya suffers the ultimate betrayal and the women must summon the courage to put their lives on the line, they will learn that sometimes those with the deepest wounds can be the strongest soldiers."--Back cover.

When things go left

October 17, 2018
Stewart, Tanisha, author.
378 pages ; 23 cm
"Editing and interior design, Janet Angelo"--Page before title page.
"Tierra and Twon are the perfect high school couple, together two years with a rock solid relationship built on friendship and love. Twon wants to take it to the next level, but Tierra is struggling with her desire to please him and her need to stay true to a commitment she's made to herself. In the middle of this walks Shaneece, the new girl from Florida who knows an opportunity when she sees one. She's ready to take care of Twon's need despite her friendship with Tierra, but a delicious bad boy named Hype is hooking her attention too. He's a player, but he's all heart - and he's been like brothers with Twon since childhood. The goody good in the group, Quaid, seems to have it all together on the surface, but he's had his eyes on Tierra for a long time, though he can't admit it to himself or anyone else. He spots an opening in the turmoil that works to his advantage, until it doesn't. Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, and everyone's belief in what's real is tested more than they ever thought possible"--Back cover.


October 15, 2018
Alexander, Kwame, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Blink, [2018]
448 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they've got to find cool. Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah's love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. Noah soon finds himself navigating the worlds of jazz, batting cages, the strange advice of Walt's Dairy Queen-employed cousin, as well as Walt's own perceptions of what is actually cool. Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each page contains the words he's always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his private artwork becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and make his voice heard? At the same time, numerous American flags are being left around town. While some think it's a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can't shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized. As the personal and social tensions increase around them, Noah and Walt must decide what is really true when it comes to love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate."-- Provided by publisher.


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